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Social Security Knowledge Center: “The truth”

Roy and I were reflecting about our articles over the last two years, and we had to chuckle…when we first started this business, some put us in the same category as salesmen offering a 32-percent return on your investment. They just didn’t believe that Social Security claiming strategies were available and that we were pulling […]

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An open letter to the media from one of your own

At 7:30 just about every Thursday morning, I talk to one of my lifelong friends born and reared here who’s now living in a big city. We usually intend to get caught up on silly stuff from throughout the week but typically wind up complaining like grumpy old men instead. Recently, the reasons have been […]

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One day, one minute, one second; how they can change a lifetime

What you were doing when you heard that Prince died; that one may stick with you for a while but will probably eventually be forgotten. What you were doing when you heard about the World Trade Center attacks; that will be hard to forget. April 27, 2011; for anyone living in Monroe County at the […]

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You never know who they’ll grow up to be, so catch them while you can

Monroe County may seem like a far cry from music Meccas like Austin, Texas; Athens, Georgia; and Muscle Shoals, Alabama but in some regards, it’s just the same. The dreams of the young and young at heart here are at even kilter with those trying to find a voice from Atlanta’s hip hop scene to […]

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Social Security Knowledge Center: The clock is ticking

A deadline will lapse on April 30, 2016, that allows those who turn 66 by this date to File and Suspend their Social Security benefits. First of all, what is File and Suspend? This is a claiming strategy that allows you to file for your benefit, collect your benefit at a later date and allow […]

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Education of the arts plants the seeds of enrichment

As per chatter on the Monroe Journal’s Facebook page last week, the news of Amory High School no longer offering performing arts came as a shock to many alumnis. Its program, in previous years, produced hugely successful presentations like ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ and ‘Phantom of the Opera,’ the latter of which was […]

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Thanks for the memories, Trent; we can’t wait to make some more

About two hours after the confetti dropped in Hollywood and Frisco Park erupted in joy, it sank in for me. Not that somebody who was just serving me sweet tea a few months ago at the Longhorn was the last ‘American Idol,’ but that I’ve gotten to personally live out a little bit of his […]

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Wicker celebrates the preservation of iconic state landmarks

By Sen. Roger Wicker/For the Monroe Journal Imagine if Elvis Presley’s shotgun home in Tupelo had not been recognized as a famous site. Or if the legendary Biloxi Lighthouse had fallen into disrepair. Valuable pieces of our state’s history – not to mention U.S. history – could have been lost or forgotten. Instead, our state […]

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You can go there if you want, but it fades too soon

In just a few hours, there will be dozens of plastic toys that light up the night and countless apple fritters with people’s names already on them. Even though an inflatable alien or the centripetal force of a carnival ride may not be for everyone, there is something happening this weekend with your name on […]

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